Sunday, 10 April 2011
Girl on the run by Jane Costello
He's a real catch ...if only she could catch him up Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life. When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings, and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.
Surprisingly, this is the first Jane Costello book i have read. However, it will definitely not be my last, there are another three i will be searching for soon. She is a popular author and i can definitely see the appeal. Great writing, short, snappy sentences, fast paced plot, funny episodes and an easy read which I devoured quickly.
Abby, the main character, is looking for love. She meets the man of her dreams, however unfortunately, she has backed into his prize possession - his motorbike! Of course, this is typical Abby, in a hurry, trying to do many things at once. Abby runs her own web design company, with a small team behind her, Heidi, Matt and Priya. This team become closer when an announcement is made that one of the team is ill and Abby decides to pledge to run a half marathon to raise money, as well as organise a ball to encourage her business associates to put their hands in their pockets.
Abby's pledge takes her to a running club that her best friend, Jess, goes to - and brings Abby face to face with motorbike man again, along with dishy Doctor Oliver.
There are many little stories along the way, although the main one continues to be that of Abby's half marathon training, intertwined with flirtation, kisses and hidden secrets but I won't reveal anything more here.
As I previously said, I really enjoyed this book and will be searching for Costello's previous titles as I really like her style of writing. The characters are likable, although Dishy Oliver would not be my choice of doctor! Abby, is likable and someone who i would like as a best friend, however hectic her life is, when she pledges to do something she pours heart and soul into it.
A great beach read, or one to relax with in this great weather we have at the moment.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me this book to review.